What Bumble Bees Are Found in Bristol?
Bristol Bumble Bee Control. In the UK, number some 24 species yet only six species are still commonly found in our gardens. In the spring bumble bees are among the first large insects to be seen and it is not until early summer that these bees have established colonies of sufficient numbers to cause alarm.
In general bumble bees are harmless if left alone, we only encounter problems when young children or pets fail to leave them alone.
Can Bumble Bees Sting or Bite?
Bumble bees like honey bees have a defensive sting that is very effective. They will only sting in most cases where they are handled or compressed when someone treads on one.
The European Tree Bumble Bee Bombus hypnorum is one exception. These bees (pictured above) nest at height and readily attack people who disturb them.
Tree Bumble Bees tend to focus an attack on the head and face, making these bees a major problem.
Bumble Bee Stings - First Aid?
Are Bumble Bees Protected In The UK Law?
No - but in our opinion, control of bumble bees should be tightly regulated. Bumble bees are one of nature's true wonders and are a key reason we are able to enjoy the great wealth of fruits etc that is nature's bounty.
After a good recovery in bumble bee numbers last year we are hoping they will continue to recover this year especially after such a wet winter. We want to help these creatures survive in greater numbers, so future generations have the chance to enjoy them and on that note we offer a re-homing service.
Why Is Bumble Bee Removal Needed?
Not everyone loves bees, especially those suffering from phobias and severe sting allergies. People at risk of Anaphylactic reactions from bee stings include both adults and young children, and they need to be protected.
Whatever spin you place on it, the realities are played out the same every year. If we don't manage the tiny proportion of inconvenient bumble bee nests safely and sensitively, there are plenty of chemicals amateurs can buy to kill the bees themselves.
DIY pesticides are used at great risk to others, and often contaminate surrounding hives and causing untold damage to the local areas bee and insect populations.
Do Bumble Bees Produce Honey?
Honey production is only carried out in any quantity by commercial and wild honey bee colonies.
For us, we must stress that elimination is a last resort and requires householder consent during our inspection visit before we carry out any treatment.